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Reviews 847 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am new to the university, but from my limited experience, the academics are great. I am taking an 8 week online course, and have loved it so far. My peers have discussed their experiences as well, and have enjoyed both the on campus and online venues offered by CLU. The professors are great and are invested in the students actually learning.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is absolutely gorgeous all the time. The area it is located in is in a great Southern California area that gets nice weather all year long. The campus is also very open and the grounds are very well taken care of.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a ton of gorgeous girls that go to Cal Lu; there's so many. The guys are only decent. They're cute...just no really really hot ones. I guess a plus side for that is there ends up being a lot of single, beautiful girls that the cute guys can go for.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Personally, I got all the scholarship money I needed. I did not even have to apply for most of it. It was given out with my acceptance. Everyone I know at Cal Lu also received a scholarship. You have to keep above a 3.0 to keep your scholarship, but that is not too difficult.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit so far has been pretty low, but I hear it picks up spring semester. Most the time no one even knows if we have a game going on. But we do have all new facilities and a brand new football field. The athletes get tons of playing time and we always do well in various competitions. Its really a personal experience for them.

5 College Junior

Majors: Great programs and is highly respected in the Ventura area.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities are well maintained and is a clean campus.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls seem to have integrity and are focused on school.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus security are available when needed. I have had great experience when I needed help. Security came to my rescue right away.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The cafeteria is the main dining on campus... I'm not really a huge fan of the breakfast, but lunch and dinner are usually pretty good. The Centrum is a great place if you just want to pick up a meal or have food that is of a little better quality. The Jamba Juice on campus is really good, and even knows the secret menu drinks.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is no parking permit fee which is great! But people who are commuters do have trouble finding parking spots sometimes. Anyone who does not have a residential parking permit will most likely get a ticket, so even though it's tempting to park in a residential area, don't do it!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at CLU is not that prominent but it all depends on where you are. There are parties, and people drink and do drugs just like every other school however if you dont want to there is no social pressure to do so. There is a lot of smoking locations and many people do so. The school is supposedly a dry campus however there are people that do drink.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports seem to be prominent at CLU, but they aren't the most popular thing at the school by far. The sports all seem to be well attended and there are great places to work out and train in the gym. something that was disappointing was the fact that the school doesn't have a track, in fact, the track team has to go to a local high school to practice. There are a good diverse group of intramural sportsand they are fairly inclusive of the school population.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am in the Biology major section of my college. The staff isn't very keen on checking up on you; you have to take the initiative if you want to get anywhere. My academic advisor is actually a history teacher, and she has helped me way more than any of the biology professors.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with being a Theater Arts and Spanish major but I do think that Theater Arts asks for a little too much because they require you to go to a lot of meetings and help a lot with play. When I graduate I plan on performing on television, plays, and anywhere that has to do with performing. I don't worry about finding a job because Cal Lu offers internships and posts jobs for people who are going to graduate or who are in their graduate program.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: For me it was, and still is, a big hassle to receive a lot of financial aid. I had to take out tons of loans to afford it but they really did help me out with as much as they could. I think it was also given that it's a private so they have to help other students as well.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are mostly two groups of guys and girls at my school. Either they are into studying and look geeky or they are into partying and clubbing. The guys and girls there are mostly Caucasian but they are sort of friendly, depending who you talk to.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have much pride in being Kingsmen and Regals at our school especially during Homecoming. We always show school spirit and are among the top in division three schools. We offer support and spirit for both men and women teams, given that our mascots are Kingsmen, a male knight, and Regals, a woman knight. I feel proud playing for my school every time knowing that they always offer their support for my teammates and I.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is extremely difficult at the school up until about 6pm. They are not really too many parking lots, and the parking lots that are there are near the housing, not the actual classes.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cal Lutheran basically demands that all students live on campus and make you pay ridiculous prices for what it is.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Cal Lutheran is very strict, especially when it comes to on campus drinking. It is a dry campus, so the policy is that every time you get caught with anything alcohol related, you are required to pay about one hundred dollars and take an online alcohol course that takes about 4 hours. I find this policy to be quite extensive, especially if the student is not even physically seen drinking.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is on top of there stuff. Usually if students want to have fun, they go off campus though.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Clu is a really great school if you want a good Liberal Arts education, although the the students aren't as friendly as the campus presents. It's very expensive to live on campus, especially for a low income family. The upper classmen are pretty enthusiastic and helpful though.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I am not old enough to go to bars but occasionally there will be a party off campus. We always find fun stuff to do if it be on campus or off campus but not normally in a club.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is good. Occasionally it gets too warm during summer but that is California for you. We are not too far from the beach. I like sunshine and we definately get that here.

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The Centrum Café
The Centrum Café
The Centrum Café The Centrum Café The Centrum offers standard grill fare, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, ice cream, and drinks. Food can be purchased using cash, meal plans, credit card, munch money, or bonus points. The Centrum is a popular spot with students, faculty, and administrators. There are 11 specials that change weekly.
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Located in the heart of the beautiful, secure town of Thousand Oaks, CLU is an ideal university for those who enjoy a tight-knit community that focuses on academics, diversity, and social connections. The small student population offers students more occasions to bond with fellow Kingsmen and Regals, and to connect with professors who actually know them as individuals, not just as numbers. The semester system enables students to delve into courses of their interest, and the time spent on academic studies helps students discover what they would like to do after their CLU years. With more than 35 majors and 35 minors, and a mix and match of doubling up on both, students are bound to find their perfect area of study. CLU’s close, intimate environment provides students with what other large, public schools can’t: countless opportunities to shine academically and socially, and stand out as individuals without the pressure and competition of a large student body. Clubs, organizations, academic departments, and residence halls are just some of the places in which students can become involved, contribute to their school and local communities, and bond with other students, faculty, and staff.

To briefly break away from the hectic class schedules and loads of coursework, campus events, like Club Lu, afford students with musical-, sports-, art-, and food-related events. From sports games at Dodger Stadium to catching a comedy flick in Kingsmen Park, CLU events bring students together for a night of fun. At any of these events, in class, at the caf, or just hanging out in the dorms, it’s not difficult to see the diversity of students. Coming from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds, CLU students bring a great understanding and appreciation for other cultures on campus.

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